Best New Car Deals: December 2017

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Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - December 5, 2017

We analyzed hundreds of new car deals to uncover savings worth up to $12,034 and special promotions like Employee Pricing in December. In some cases, now is the time to take advantage of some of the best deals of the year.

Here you’ll find the best cashback incentives and discounts on SUVs, cars, trucks and sports cars. We’ll be updating this page with the latest offers as they’re announced, so check back for the latest information.

Prefer to lease? Check out our comprehensive analysis of the best lease deals.

Updated December 5

Best SUV Deals This Month

Chevy Trax
  • Best Deal: Up to $5,420 Off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $21,895
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 25/33
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: This month, all versions of the 2017 Trax are eligible for GM Employee Pricing. On the popular Trax LT, that’s worth up to $4,670 in savings off MSRP.

Residents of certain parts of the country may be eligible for a $750 Select Market Bonus. Altogether, that’s $5,420 in available discounts.

Where you can find this deal: Employee Pricing is available nationally. The Select Market Bonus can be found in areas like Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Texas, Washington D.C. and others. Get your custom quote »

  • Best Deal: Up to $5,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $24,645
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 23/30
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: If you’re in the market for a small SUV, you’ll have a tough time finding a better deal than the 2017 Escape. Here in California, all versions are eligible for a whopping $5,000 rebate.

For reference, that’s a $1,500 increase over last month and the most we’ve seen to date. We consider this a deal worth jumping on while you can.

Where you can find this deal: This is an offer available in California. Deals in other parts of the country range from $3,000 to $4,000 and may involve a caveat that you finance through Ford Credit to get a $1,000 bonus. Get your custom quote »

2017 GMC Yukon
  • Best Deal: Up to $11,933 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $49,825
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 9
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 16/23
  • Expires: December 18, 2017

Why it's a great deal: Through December 18, GMC is offering 15% off Yukon Denalis as part of an unusual limited-time promo. The example we’ve listed is for a loaded Yukon XL Denali 4x4.

With $11,933 in potential savings, this is the best deal we’ve seen to date on the Yukon Denali. There’s no guarantee we’ll see a similar deal after the promotion ends.

Where you can find this deal: This is a national promotion available everywhere. Get your custom quote »

Lexus NX 200t
  • Best Deal: Up to $2,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $36,280
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/28
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: It’s incredibly rare to see such a large rebate on the NX 200t. The sporty SUV has been a bestseller and this marks the biggest single discount that we’ve seen to date.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional offer available in Western states like California. However, we’re seeing similar deals in other areas. Get your custom quote »

2018 Volvo XC90
  • Best Deal: Up to $5,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $47,895
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/29
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: You can now save up to $5,000 off the luxurious XC90 as part of Volvo’s Holiday Sales Event. However, offers vary depending on which version you choose.

The full amount of $5,000 is available on T8 plug-ins, while the T5 and T6 are eligible for $3,000. Current Volvo owners can also get a $1,000 loyalty bonus when purchasing.

Where you can find this deal: This is an offer available in Northeast, Southeast and Western regions. Get your custom quote »

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Best Car Deals This Month

Ford Focus
  • Best Deal: Up to $4,500 cashback
  • MSRP: From $18,745
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/ Hwy): Up to 30/40
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: With $4,000 factory cash, the 2017 Focus offers one of the largest discounts on any small car.

Choosing a Focus SE with the available 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine gets you an additional $500 off for $4,500 in potential savings. And that’s before dealer discounts.

Where you can find this deal: This is a regional deal in California, but offers in other parts of the country are similar. Get your custom quote »

Chevrolet Malibu
  • Best Deal: Up to $6,417 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $24,100
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 27/36
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: Through January 2, all versions of the 2017 Malibu are eligible for GM Employee Pricing. On a loaded Premier model, that’s worth up to $5,417 off MSRP.

Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for a $1,000 Select Market Bonus for $6,417 in potential savings.

That said, our analysis suggests last month’s “20% off” Black Friday promotion could have saved you a little more money. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee we’ll see that again anytime soon.

Where you can find this deal: Employee Pricing is available nationally. The Select Market Bonus can be found in areas like Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Texas, Washington D.C. and others. Get your custom quote »

Ford Taurus
  • Best Deal: Up to $6,750 cashback
  • MSRP: From $28,220
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 18/27
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: With $6,750 in savings, the Taurus features one of the largest discounts out of any car. To achieve that amount, be sure to take advantage of a $1,500 bonus for financing at non-promotional rates.

Coupled with dealer discounts, we’re seeing instances in which you can buy a $28,000 Taurus for less than $17,000. That’s less than what you’d probably pay for a smaller and less comfortable vehicle.

Where you can find this deal: Ford offers can vary by region, but we’re seeing this deal in most parts of the country. Get your custom quote »

Lexus IS 200t
  • Best Deal: Up to $3,000 cashback
  • MSRP: From $38,820
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/32
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: The Lexus December To Remember Sales Event is in full swing. You can now save up to $3,000 off any version of the popular IS family of sport sedans.

Alternatively, Lexus is now offering 0% APR for 60 months. This is the first time this year that we’ve seen Lexus offer zero-interest financing on the 2017 IS.

Where you can find this deal: The example listed here can be found in Western states like California. However, we’re seeing similar offers in other parts of the country. Get your custom quote »

2017 Cadillac CTS
  • Best Deal: Up to $10,000 off
  • MSRP: From $46,990
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 5
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/30
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: It’s not being advertised, but Cadillac is giving dealers up to $10,000 to help discount remaining 2017 CTS models. Interestingly, even the blazing fast CTS-V is eligible.

Since your exact savings amounts will vary dealer to dealer, we recommend shopping around to find one able to pass along the full amount.

Alternatively, Cadillac is offering 0% financing for 72 months, but only for a limited time through December 18.

Where you can find this deal: These are national promotions. Get your custom quote »

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Best Truck Deals This Month

2017 GMC Canyon
  • Best Deal: Up to $6,000 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $21,880
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 6
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 20/26
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a top pick: Through January 2, GMC is offering a $3,000 incentive for anyone trading in a 1999 or newer vehicle. In Western states, you can also get a $3,000 conquest bonus when coming from a 1999 or newer non-GM vehicle.

That’s $6,000 in potential savings, one of the best deals to date.

Where you can find this deal: The trade-in offer is a national promotion available everywhere. The conquest bonus is available in California, Hawaii and Guam. Get your custom quote »

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Best Sports Car Deals This Month

  • Best Deal: Up to $7,254 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $26,900
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 4
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 22/31
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: All versions of the 2017 Camaro are currently eligible for Employee Pricing. On a loaded Camaro SS, that’s worth up to $4,754 off MSRP. But that’s not all.

Chevy owners and lessees can get a $1,500 loyalty bonus, and residents of certain areas will be eligible for a $1,000 Select Market Bonus.

That’s $7,254 in available savings, an impressive amount for this model.

Where you can find this deal: : Employee Pricing and this month’s loyalty bonus are available nationally. The Select Market Bonus can be found in areas like Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, New York, Texas, Washington D.C. and others. Get your custom quote »

Chevy Corvette
  • Best Deal: Up to $12,134 off MSRP
  • MSRP: From $58,170
  • Passenger Capacity: Up to 2
  • MPG (City/Hwy): Up to 16/25
  • Expires: January 2, 2018

Why it's a great deal: Once again, all versions of the 2017 Corvette are eligible for Employee Pricing. On a well-equipped Z06, GM says you can save as much as $9,134.

Current Chevy owners & lessees can even get a $3,000 loyalty bonus. Altogether, that’s $12,134 in potential savings, the most we’ve seen to date.

Where you can find this deal: This is a national offer available in all regions. Get your custom quote »

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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